The process of files being corrupted due to some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is among the main problems that Internet hosting companies face since the larger a hard disk drive is and the more data is stored on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. You can find different fail-safes, yet often the information becomes damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the administrators notice anything. Thus, a damaged file will be treated as a regular one and if the hard disk drive is part of a RAID, that particular file will be copied on all other disk drives. In theory, this is done for redundancy, but in reality the damage will get worse. When some file gets damaged, it will be partly or entirely unreadable, which means that a text file will not be readable, an image file will show a random combination of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, so you risk sacrificing your website content. Although the most widespread server file systems feature various checks, they frequently fail to identify some problem early enough or require a vast period of time in order to check all the files and the web server will not be operational for the time being.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting
If you host your websites in a cloud hosting account with our company, you don't have to worry about any of your data ever getting corrupted. We can guarantee that due to the fact that our cloud hosting platform employs the amazing ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. All info that you upload will be kept in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on a large number of SSD drives. All the file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with this kind of a setup, but there's no real guarantee that a file won't be corrupted. This can occur at the time of the writing process on any drive and after that a corrupted copy can be copied on the other drives. What is different on our platform is the fact that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all the drives immediately and in the event that a corrupted file is located, it's replaced with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. By doing this, your information will stay unharmed no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You won't encounter any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever should you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions due to the fact that the ZFS file system that we take advantage of on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to ensure that all of the files are undamaged all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is assigned to each and every file saved on a server. As we store all content on multiple drives at the same time, the same file uses the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. In case it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it should be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy without delay, avoiding any probability of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the remaining hard drives. ZFS is the sole file system on the market that uses checksums, which makes it much more dependable than other file systems that cannot identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across hard drives.